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I am a poet and teacher living in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, although I am originally from Redditch, England. My family emigrated to Canada when I was 15 (a delicate age for making such a huge transition, and a great source of inspiration for the teen angst that found its way into my poetry at that age).
I have been writing poems since I was about six years old. When I was younger, they were full of forced rhymes and traditional forms (and were usually about God or nature). As a teenager, my work became much more confessional and sometimes philosophical. In my twenties, I started studying literature and paying attention to what other poets were doing. Then, my poetry discovered its potential and started to evolve.
I’d like to think that my poetry has matured and that it still continues to evolve. I have not been sending my words out into the word for very long, but I think they are ready to go forth and flourish, like children who have been lovingly nurtured – and who I no longer want living in my basement!
In late 2017, a friend and I co-founded the Parkland Poets’ Society, based on the Haven Reading Series of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society. The group has been well-received and recently submitted an application to be formally recognized as a non-profit society by the Government of Alberta. Membership is growing and we are now governed by a nine-person Board of Directors, for whom I currently serve as President.
In March 2018, I was elected to the Board of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society. I am the Secretary of the Board for the 2018/9 season, after having been an active member of the group for about two years.
In April 2018, I discovered that I had won a pie-per-week for a month — for a haiku I wrote about . . . yes, PIE! (A Pie-ku. This is a true story).